Sorry, you need to enable JavaScript to visit this website.
Time to read
1 minute
Read so far


Posted in:
  • Article Image Alt Text
    Dayton Mayor Caroline Wadzeck places a heart-shaped lock on the newly installed Love Lock Fence at the Dayton Community Center.
  • Article Image Alt Text
    Community members are taking in the beautiful new Mural on Main Street in Downtown Dayton.
  • Article Image Alt Text
    Kimmy Wood and Kaylee Davis show the new Love Lock Fence at the Dayton Community Center. The duo envisioned and brought the project to fruition.
  • Article Image Alt Text
    Community members at the unveiling of the Love Lock Fence.
  • Article Image Alt Text
    Mayor Caroline Wadzeck and artist Cherry Meekims lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Dayton’s newest Mural.


It was a week of official unveilings for a pair of new art installations that Dayton residents hope will draw interest from the community and individuals traveling to Dayton for years to come.

Organizations like the Dayton Enhancement Community and Dayton Historical Society, amongst others, want to emphasize #DaytripDayton to the community and create unique attractions that will help bring tourism to the town.

The first unveiling came Tuesday, Aug. 9, for the new Love Lock Fence at the Dayton Community Center, bringing excitement to those in attendance.

Kaylee Davis presented the project to the city council last August with the enhancement committee.

“I would like for this LOVE LOCK FENCE to be a symbol of Dayton’s youth as well as the community. People from all around neighboring towns can come to Dayton and leave their mark (LOCK) on the fence and keep coming back to visit the fence with their children or friends. This fence can be an attraction for Dayton,” said Davis.

Davis spoke at the unveiling along with Kimmy Wood of Liberty.

Wood was responsible for the project's construction through his company, K&J Machine & Welding. The project, once completed, came in at an impressive 6’x26’.

Residents also made their way out Wednesday, Aug. 10, for another big unveiling. They celebrated the much-talked-about Dayton mural with a ribbon cutting hosted by the Dayton Chamber of Commerce. The Mural is located on the side of Texas Kountry Kitchen on Main Street in Downtown Dayton and was painted by Cherry Meekims, who has made a name for herself across the county with several beautiful murals.

The Mural depicts the history of the Dayton community with beautiful illustrations of historic photographs of the town’s past.

Mayor Caroline Wadzeck was on hand for both and is excited about these projects and future beautification projects in the city.

“I’m excited for future projects enhancing the beauty of Dayton. All of these projects are possible with the help of DCDC, private donors, Dayton Historical Society, and many others,” Wadzeck said.

She also emphasized that funding for these projects does not come from city taxpayers; any funds from Dayton come from the hotel and motel tax, specifically for tourism.

So next time you are out and about, stop by and catch a glimpse of the fantastic new Mural on Main Street, or swing by the community center and place a lock on the Love Lock Fence, and don’t forget to tag those social media posts with #DaytripDayton.